Greg Hackney just explained why he started here on the west bank this morning and why he's here again this afternoon. It was here where Hackney was able to cull a 4-pounder with a 5-pounder late during his big Day 2. He also shook off a big one here before heading to the weigh-in. It will take a pretty big one to do Hackney any good at this time. He's got nothing but quality in his livewells.
Greg Hackney apparently got tired of rotting on his spot on the east side of Cayuga, and he has moved back west, where he started his day. I don't have any idea how many short pitches he's made with a Strike King Hack Attack jig today, but it seems like 10,000. That's a lot of work for seven keeper bites. It appears as if they are the right bites to win this event. But several anglers have found a late bite this week, so who knows.
Zaldain is in the house. The young California angler just rolled up. Don't know what he has in his well but obviously he's scrambling too. Basically the band is back together. Both are hoping for the great music and big fish that played here this morning. Zaldain wasted little time in hooking up. It looked like it was a hefty fish as well. Big enough for him to hit the deck and lip it.
Regardless of how today turns out, the rematch between these two _ Faircloth and Hackney _ promises to be exciting when the Angler of the Year finalists head to Bay de Noc. Both guys have flirted with winning the AOY title in the past. Hackney lost on the final day to Swindle the year he challenged. And Faircloth got bested by VanDam on the final day of the season he was close. Both of these guys want that title in the worst way. They are almost hungry for it a cannibalistic kind of way.
The Elite Series rookie, sitting in fourth place, bags a few on the final day on Cayuga.
After visiting with Overstreet and Wright, we've come to the firm conclusion that this event is far from over. Hackney leads right now, probably by about 3 pounds. Faircloth is pulling up second and no one else can catch Hackney but him. He still needs to get rid of a 2-pound class fish, preferrably by something that is 5 or better. If that happens then we have a close finish. We know it can happen, because a late, big-fish bite has happened all week.
With lots of sun and very little wind, the flipping bite ought to be on right now. "The fish are acting strange right now. Straaaaaaange," he said. "Did you see that one? I flipped in there and a fish swam out. It was a 3-pounder." Strange indeed. Since he couldn't fish for the bass holed up in the milfoil yesterday, he figured the flipping bite would be on right now, which would make sense. But they're not. The dock bite, which was also good when the sun was out, is also nonexistent, despite seeing plenty of fish hanging around under them.
I don't know how the rest of the field is doing, but Faircloth is getting a lot of bites. Since we stopped on the ski hole, Faircloth has caught three keepers. None of them big enough do any damage. But if he keeps wading through them like this, you have to think one with shoulders on him will eventually show up. We've got just over two hours to see if it can happen.